It also served as the home for the school master and his wife who occupied the upstairs. Talk about living a modest life. As you may already know the concept of public education in the U.S. was an idea of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had some ideas about education that remained controversial for the next two hundred years and in some ways still are. He believed that education should be free from religious biases, and available to everyone regardless of race, religion or social status. While there were public schools in Jefferson’s day the nationwide movement for public education didn’t really start until Horace Mann in Massachusetts and Henry Barnard in Connecticut who believed that we could not create a future of good citizens and a united society without a public education system. Mann in particular thought that education was a major way to lower the rate of crime and poverty, thoughts that are have proven to be true. The most educated Americans commit the the least crime or at least the less street crime.
“A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.” – Horace Mann